Ali Shrago-Spechler
Class of 2016
Hollywood, Florida New York, NY

After receiving her BFA in Painting and Art History from Pratt Institute in 2011, Spechler and her brother, artist/curator Zack Shrago Spechler, founded the Bedlam Lorenz Assembly, Young At Art Museum's contemporary arts and alternative projects collective created to further the development of art and culture in South Florida. Spechler has exhibited in New York, Israel, England, and throughout Florida including the Girls Club Collection, the Hollywood Art and Culture Center, and a permanent installation at Young At Art Museum. She is currently a candidate to receive her Masters of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts of New York City in 2016.

<p>Ali Shrago-Spechler is an interdisciplinary artist exploring how the invention of tradition and ritual forms a collective, and ultimately conflicted, narrative. Through painting, performance, and installation, she references the stories and educational toys from her Jewish-American upbringing to understand the strength and effect of tradition.&nbsp;</p>
Ali Shrago-Spechler, class of 2016

Graduate Tours

Applicants are welcome to visit the MFA Fine Arts studios and facilities. Tours can be arranged by contacting the department directly. Our Fall 2018 Info Session will take place on Saturday, November 17, from 2-4pm. Additionally, Graduate Admissions Preview Nights will be held in the SVA main campus building on September 26th and November 28th.



General information

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Fee waivers may be available in cases of financial need. To inquire about a fee waiver please contact us.

National Portfolio Days

Representatives from MFA Fine Arts will be at the San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Boston Portfolio Days for Graduate Students.


Each year, MFA Fine Arts awards several departmental scholarships to accepted applicants based on merit and financial need. Scholarships are competitive, and can be awarded up to 50% of the annual tuition cost. In rare circumstances, we are able to offer larger scholarships to exceptionally qualified applicants. Domestic students can apply for Federal loans and work-study through SVA's Office of Financial Aid. Application fees can be waived by the department upon request.

Fine Arts Summer Residency in Contemporary Practices

This intensive studio residency, hosted by SVA’s MFA Fine Arts Department, has been designed for artists working in both medium-specific and cross-platform modes of production that aim for the intersection of art and ideas. Taught by distinguished members of the MFA Fine Arts faculty, the residency fosters a culture of rigorous practice and contemporary thought.
Each artist will have use of a private studio in a location convenient to New York City’s gallery districts, museums and alternative hubs for culture and technology. Daily studio visits from renowned faculty support an ongoing discourse on art and thought. While the focus of the residency is on content and critical discourse, work in a variety of media is supported and encouraged, including drawing, painting, photography, performance, installation, digital and interactive media, electronics, sound and all modes of experimental practice. Artists committed to a single form or medium can expect to delve deeper into the material concerns of their practice. Residents are also invited to consider the sociopolitical potentiality of art practices situated outside the paradigm of individual authorship, via forays into social practice and public forms. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to create an inclusive space for artistic research, activated by the spirit of inquiry.  

Faculty and guest lecturers have included Dara Birnbaum, Media Farzin, Mark Thomas Gibson, Miguel Luciano, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Alison Kuo, Kameelah Janan-Rasheed, Mark Tribe and Caroline Woolard.


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